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Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong

Salt Lake City / Park City

Craig Armstrong's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Yoga
Climbing

Craig Armstrong's Bio

@pechanga

beauty in all. bmx, hiking, birding, bouldering, spirits, good food, good people, a bug on a ball to experience all..

Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong wrote a review of on October 7, 2014

Unbridled Quality
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the previous version of this pack. I got it in 2011 and have used it everyday since. It's been my to-work laptop tote daily and has accompanied on countless weekend trips. From mountains to desert to narrow sandstone slot canyons that are incredible abrasive, this pack has held up beautifully .I will not hesitate to update to the new version one day down the road if my current one ever wears out, which as of now it's not even close to doing. Provides a nice shady respite for felines in the desert too.

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Craig Armstrong posted an article on May 13, 2014

My Climbing Partner Eats Chicken Liver

Actually, she eats a mixture of Natural Balance wet food and Blue Wilderness dry food. Millie is an athlete, she trains hard, and diet is an important part of any athlete’s complete routine. I met Millie, my climbing partner, at Furburbia. We went into a tiny room to have a chat together away from all the other noisy campers. She climbed up my back and sat on my shoulders. It took about four seconds to realize we were now partners and would be going on many journeys together. Our first climbing adventure together was in Joe’s Valley, bouldering. She was [...]

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Craig Armstrong wrote a review of on January 22, 2014

5 5

Mavic has a lot of info on their page about these wheels. Here's a close-up of the aluminum insert that shows the story clearly:

http://www.mavic.us/sites/default/files/styles/latest_product_574x325/public/mv-visuels/concept/574x324_52//Concept_CC40_Insert.jpg?itok=33oyDBNu

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Craig Armstrong wrote a review of on January 21, 2014

5 5

Thorough review from Vital.

"The Intense Carbine 29 is a well-thought-out and beautifully constructed machine that inspires confidence better than most. Sometimes everything comes together to make for an incredible ride, and that's exactly what happened with this bike."

http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Intense/Carbine-29,13272

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Craig Armstrong wrote a review of on September 27, 2013

5 5

Outside Magazine voted the XLM one of the five best bikes at interbike 2013.

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/cycle-life/The-Five-Best-New-mountain-Bikes.html#gallery-photo-2

Though the market for hardtail mountain bikes is contracting as full suspension designs improve and get cheaper, we?re still pleased to see the arrival of the XLM29. For the uninitiated, Merlin was a pioneer in the off-road category, introducing the first titanium mountain bike back in 1986, as well as oversize tubing and shaped chain and seat stays. After some rough years that saw the brand nearly driven to extinction due to some mismanagement and uninspiring acquisitions, the company is returning thanks to the vision of Backcountry, which purchased Merlin a couple of years back and has decided to roll out an updated, 29-inch version of the classic XLM. It?s beautiful titanium, as expected, with all the modern touches, including an oversize, tapered head tube, a PressFit 30 bottom bracket, and a 12x142mm rear thru axle. The bike has a short head tube and fairly slack head tube angle, as well as a relatively high bottom bracket, which should make for a chipper, playful ride. The bikes are being hand-built in the US for the moment, hence the premium price tag.

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Craig Armstrong wrote a review of on September 27, 2013

5 5

Outside Magazine voted the XLM one of the five best bikes at interbike 2013.

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/cycle-life/The-Five-Best-New-mountain-Bikes.html#gallery-photo-2

Though the market for hardtail mountain bikes is contracting as full suspension designs improve and get cheaper, we?re still pleased to see the arrival of the XLM29. For the uninitiated, Merlin was a pioneer in the off-road category, introducing the first titanium mountain bike back in 1986, as well as oversize tubing and shaped chain and seat stays. After some rough years that saw the brand nearly driven to extinction due to some mismanagement and uninspiring acquisitions, the company is returning thanks to the vision of Backcountry, which purchased Merlin a couple of years back and has decided to roll out an updated, 29-inch version of the classic XLM. It?s beautiful titanium, as expected, with all the modern touches, including an oversize, tapered head tube, a PressFit 30 bottom bracket, and a 12x142mm rear thru axle. The bike has a short head tube and fairly slack head tube angle, as well as a relatively high bottom bracket, which should make for a chipper, playful ride. The bikes are being hand-built in the US for the moment, hence the premium price tag.

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Craig Armstrong wrote a review of on September 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought two of these chairs two years ago. I just bought two more. They are my go-to every weekend on climbing/camping trips for camp. You sit lower to the ground which gets you a little closer to the fire which is nice. They're not as long when folded up as some others so they take up less space in the car during transport. The cup holder is super wide so a nalgene or GSI fairshare fits in there super-nice ... but there's also a divider so it holds just a beer nicely too. After numerous adventures four of my friends have purchased these chairs as well. They rule, that is all.

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